A BUDDING cameraman has landed his ideal work experience placement after being selected for a trip to El Salvador.
Samuel Whalley, of Widdrington Station, will travel to the Central American country at the end of March to carry out community work through the Progressio volunteer scheme.
The 23-year-old, who will work on various education, employment or environmental projects alongside local people, will find out his specific tasks once he arrives in the country, and he hopes to be able to put some of his photography skills to good use.
He said: “I found out through a friend that Progressio was recruiting so I applied. I had to go to London for an interview and I was selected to go to El Salvador. There will be about four people in the team.
“I will find out what I will be doing when I get there, but it will use some of my photographic skills and camera work. I’m really looking forward to it. It will be a chance to get some experience of my dream job. I aspire to work for the BBC on programmes that show people the world.”
Mr Whalley, who has a degree in media practice from Newcastle College, developed a love of nature and travel after a trip to Uganda with the Scouts about five years ago.
He needs to raise £800 for his trip and is planning various fund-raising events, such as bag packs and a dinner. He will also ask local schools to host non-uniform days.
“I want to raise as much money as I can to help make a difference,” he said.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Whalley should visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/elsalvador2014